Thong pong is a hit for stranded Goomeri boys
WHILE some were stranded on the opposite side of town, the 12 boys from Goomeri were as happy as pigs in mud - or rather men in a bar.
In Warwick for the Australia Day Cricket Carnival, the lads from afar had no way of getting home once the flood waters rose.
Lucky for them, they were stuck at the Horse and Jockey Hotel Motel where the beer was flowing and their imaginations were allowed to run wild.
The boys invented a bunch of games to keep themselves entertained, including Thong Pong - where thongs were used as bats and a pool cue worked as a net.
"But the hardest game of all was playing thong pong against yourself - people nearly died," Jamie "Eagle" Bostock said.
The legendary Thong Pong only had one rule - you had to be holding a schooner of the wet stuff at all times or you were out.
They also set up a lawn bowls green in the pub, using pool balls; and flinging ping pong balls at the toilet doors also proved a hit.
In a time of devastation, it was refreshing to see a bunch of blokes making the most of what they had to work with.
The Goomeri boys will be back next year.